St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for the Irish!  While my celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has changed over the years, especially this year with a 6 month old, I still enjoy a reason to get together with family and friends.  You can get creative, especially with March Madness going on at the same time this year, with  a beer tasting and Irish food items such as corn beef.  Below are some other creative and fun recipes, party ideas, and treats that are sure to please your guests.

1. No Bake Thin Mint Cookie Truffles/Six Sisters’ Stuff  http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/01/no-bake-thin-mint-cookie-truffles.html

2. Rainbow Oreo Pops/The Sweet Swiper        http://thesweetswiper.blogspot.com/2012/03/rainbow-oreo-pops.html

3. Shamrock Cookies http://thirtyhandmadedays.com/2012/03/shamrock/

4. Leprechaun Cookies/Sweet Sugar Belle http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/blog/2012/02/leprechaun-cookies/

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1.  Lucky Leprechaun Cookie Bark/Your Home Based Mom                  http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lucky-leprechaun-cookie-bark/

2. St. Patrick’s Day Free Party Printables/Living Locurto   http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/03/st-patricks-free-printables/

3. Rainbow Cookie Party Favors/Hostess With The Mostess    http://blog.hwtm.com/2012/03/rainbow-oreo-st-patricks-day-party-favors/

4. Shamrock Pops with Printable Flags/Oopsey Daisy    http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2012/03/shamrock-pops-with-printable-flags.html

Super Bowl Eats Part I

The Super Bowl isn’t just about the game and commercials.  The FOOD is one of the best parts about Super Bowl!  I always enjoy doing something different from chips and pizza.

Stuffed bell peppers are delicious and filling!  You can be creative with stuffed bell peppers and make them in various sizes depending on your event.  The ones I made are filled with ground turkey, brown and wild rice, and fresh seasonings but you can use ground round, chicken sausage, or make it all vegetables.  Additionally, you can cut the bell peppers in half to serve at your Super Bowl party or just the way they are in the above picture.

Ingredients: Makes 6

  • 6 Bell Peppers (orange, yellow, red & green)
  • 1 1/2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 2 Cups wild & brown rice (Uncle Ben’s Instant)
  • 1 Can corn
  • 1/2 Cup freshly chopped Italian parsley
  • 4 Large basil leaves chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Pam non stick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Wash and cut bell peppers top and trim bottoms so they lay flat.  Place hollowed-out peppers in a baking dish that you’ve sprayed with Pam.  Cook rice according to package or use a rice cooker.

In a bowl add ground turkey, corn, rice, parsley, basil, salt, pepper, and oregano and mix.  Place mixture in skillet, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and cook.

Stuff the filling into the bell peppers, using a spoon to press the mixture down so it’s tightly packed.  Bake for 25 minutes and remove.  Add mozzarella to the top of each bell pepper and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until golden brown on top.  Serve with twice bake potato cups.

Twice Baked Potato Cups 

Ingredients: Makes 12

  • 6-8 Red new potatoes
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons light butter
  • 8 Bacon slices
  • 1/2 Cup Italian parsley
  • 1/3 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 2 Teaspoons pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash potatoes and rub with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.  Roast for 35 minutes until tender when poked with a fork.  Remove potatoes and cool.  While cooling, cook bacon in skillet and brown with pepper.

When potatoes have cooled mash them and add salt, pepper, sour cream, butter, parsley, and cooked bacon.  Scoop mixture into a muffin/cupcake tin lined with paper cupcake wrappers.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and bake for another 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted.

 

Fall Entertaining

Looking for an easy, but sophisticated  design to dress up your fall event or Thanksgiving dinner?  Why not use the season’s fruit and vegetables such as pumpkins, squash, and eggplant (large and small) and add a little sparkle to them! All you need are fruits, vegetables, glitter, glue, and a little imagine.  I arranged the decorations on a mantle, but you can arrange them on a table, or in bowl for a centerpiece.

 

Elizabeth & Ryan Tying The Knot 10.29.11


As a wedding and event planner it was such a pleasure to style and design “Tying the Knot” bridal shower for Elizabeth.

Inspiration for this bridal shower began with the theme “Tying the Knot”, which was reflected throughout the design of the event.  For example, the flower arrangements had flowers that were in the shape of hearts or were tied.  Another example is in the wooden plaques such as Bride and Love.

In addition to the primary “Tying the Knot” theme we used the word game scrabble.  The Bride-to-Be enjoys playing a word game similar to scrabble on her iPhone and we carried that theme throughout the event design in the scrabble pieces on the tables and again in the wooden plaques.  Our color palette included shades of purple, red, orange, and grey, which are Elizabeth’s wedding colors, and were used in the flower arrangements, decorations, and food.

The bridal shower was held outside on a private patio.  We wanted the atmosphere to be warm and inviting, yet have a fun and modern vibe like the Bride-to-Be.  Vignettes were set up throughout the patio including a main food table, drink bar, dessert bar, seating area, and gift station.

The menu consisted of mini lunch dishes such as quiche, chicken salad on croissants, shrimp shooters, prosciutto and melon skewers, turkey rolls, brie with heart cut out filled with jam, and Crudite’s (vegetables tucked in tiny glasses).  The Dessert bar featured red velvet cake pops with purple icing, ultra-violet vanilla cupcakes, and chocolate cups filled with fruit and chocolate straws.  Playing on the Bride-to-Be’s color scheme we went with a festive drink bar with Bellini’s, Mimosa’s, and Sangria.  Mason jars were used to serve the cocktails and mini mason jars were filled with purple and orange jelly beans as party favors.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Cake Pops – Nicole Farrell

Chocolate Filled Fruit Cups – Whole Foods (we filled them with fruit and added pirouettes as edible straws)

Cupcakes  -Bakery Gingham (We added the Bride-to-Be’s initials from Hobby Lobby)

Croissants – Pistacia Vera

Food, Drinks & Party Favors – Bridesmaids

Spring Has Sprung Series: Mother’s Day

 

Mother’s Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis, following the death of her mother Ann Jarvis, to honor mothers and motherhood.  Congress officially designated the second Sunday of May as a holiday in 1914.  Today, the occasion is celebrated in more than 150 countries. 

Celebrate your mother this year with personal touches such as a simple but colorful flower arrangement, a homemade brunch, a beautiful luncheon, or dinner on the patio.  I know my  mother was touched when my husband and I hosted her and my father for dinner and took the time to have a tablescape with fresh flower arrangements.  If you have children make sure they participate in making the special meal and decorating the table with homemade cards.

Chicken Salad: Serves 6

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (2 rotisserie chicken breast to save time)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cups of light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh or dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 large lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 6 1/2 inch thick slices of tomato
  • 1 cup peeled, halved, and sliced cucumber

In a large bowl, combine chicken and celery.  In a medium bowl combine mayonnaise, dill, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and sugar. Pour over chicken mixture, stirring well to coat.  Place a lettuce leaf on plates and top each with a slice of tomato.  Spoon chicken salad onto tomato and surround it with cumber slices.  Garnish with dill and fresh pepper.  Serve with slices of rosemary focaccia bread.

Spring Has Sprung Series: Egg-stra Special Easter Tablescape

Hop on Over for an egg decorating party and turn your Easter dinner table into an elegant but inexpensive tablescape.  It’s a great opportunity to put your creative skills to the test and use fun, bright colors and items around your house.  Our tablescape costs less than $100 and items can be found at Target, Michael’s, and your local grocery store.  Make use of colorful liens, dishes, and flowers.  Instead of dying eggs, we decorated wooden eggs that come in various colors and have flat bottoms and sides for display.  We also used plastic eggs for the kid in all of us who wants a little treat!